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Did Square’s Revenue Growth Accelerate in Q4?

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Jan. 25 2019, Updated 10:27 a.m. ET

Revenue growth of as much as 47% expected

Square (SQ) is expected to report its fourth-quarter earnings results on February 26. While reporting its third-quarter results in November, Square guided for fourth-quarter revenue in the range of $895 million–$905 million. This guidance indicated that Square was expecting revenue growth of as much as 47% YoY (year-over-year) for the fourth quarter of 2018, suggesting accelerating growth on a YoY basis from a year earlier.

Square generated $616 million in revenue in the fourth quarter of 2017, representing a rise of 36% YoY. In the fourth quarter of 2016, Square’s revenue rose 21% YoY.

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Square’s revenue rose 51% in the third quarter

For the first three quarters of 2018, Square reported accelerating revenue growth from quarter to quarter. Square’s revenue rose 51% YoY in the third quarter, up from 48% in the second quarter and 45% in the first quarter.

In contrast, PayPal’s (PYPL) revenue rose 14% YoY in the third quarter, slowing from 23% YoY in the second quarter. Fiserv (FISV) reported revenue growth of 0.86% YoY in the third quarter, down from 2.5% in the second quarter and 3.3% in the first quarter.

Revenue growth slowed to 3.7% YoY at First Data (FDC) in the third quarter compared to 10.3% YoY in the second quarter. At Amazon (AMZN), revenue growth slowed to 29% YoY in the third quarter from 39.3% YoY in the second quarter.

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